Velpes Velox

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Velpes Velox

Velpes Velox(Swift Fox)

Swift Foxes have many amazing features. They are between 12-16 inches tall and can run up to 30 miles per hour. That's very impressive for a small fox. They live to be three to four years old. Today Swift Foxes are found in western grasslands of North America such as Texas,Colorado,and New Mexico. The Swift Fox mainly eats ground squirrels and prairie dogs. Swift Foxes are also very similar to a house cats. They are the same size. The Swift Fox needs our help to stay alive ! Therefore, we should take care of our environment because this endangered species is amazing.

This is what the Swift Fox looks like!

The Swift Fox is Native to the Great Plains of North America. Today the Swift Fox can be found in smaller populations in portions of Montana, South Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Texas. In the past the Swift Fox's range extended from the prairie provinces in Canada to southern Texas in the U.S.A.

The Swift Fox was once a severely endangered species, due to predator control programs in the 1930's, focused mainly on the gray wolf and coyote. The Swift Fox species was extirpated from Canada by 1938 but in 1983 a reintruduction was started, and has been successful. In Canada the Canadian Species At Risk Act listed the Swift Fox as endangered on May 1999.

Endangered Status


Present and Historical Number

Fast Facts:-Height 12 to 16 inches-Lenth 13 inches including tail -Weight 5 to 7 lbs-Top speed 30 mph-Life span 3 to 4 years

The Swift Foxes recieved their name "SWIFT" because of how fast it is.Swift Foxes spend more time underground than on surface.They are usually extremly social animals and keep one mate for their whole life time.

Interesting Facts

Here is a video of a Swift Fox at the Calgary Zoo.

In the wild, the Swift Foxes population is unknown, however they are found in less than 40% of their historical range.Several recent observations suggest that the Swift Fox may exist in very low densities in the Southwestern counties.In the past, the Swift Fox was widely distributed from southern Canada to the panhandle of Texas. At one time the Swift Fox inhabited all of North Dakota's prairies.

Positive Human Impact • Established a Swift Fox Conservation Team• Determine current distribution• Monitor population status• Maintain genetic integrity• Identify other suitable habitats• Provide best possible habitats• Promote Swift Fox Public Education program Negative Human Impact• Building homes in Swift Fox habitat• Kill them for fur• Humans used pesticides to kill coyotes and wolves; unfortunately killed the Swift Fox• Pollution and environmental destruction

Future OutlookThe Swift Fox Conservation Team, in coordination with other interested parties, have a better understanding of the species' status. In 2001, the US Fish and Wildlife Service reviewed the status of the swift fox and determined the Swift Fox was not warranted listing under the Endangered Species Act. The swift fox was removed from the candidate list.“The continuing efforts of the Conservation Team indicate that management activities for this species will be carefully considered in the future. Recent, successful reintroduction efforts and research efforts have also contributed to understanding the behavior, ecology, and habitat requirements of swift fox. “


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